The Good Life Dress

Hi everybody!  I have fun fun FUN news for you all!

I’ve been hinting about a project I’ve been working on that I think you’ll all really love. Well…It’s HERE!  Here’s the dealio: One of our clients at my day job at Riggs Partners is Goodwill Industries of the Upstate/Midlands South Carolina. They’ve just rolled out something pretty special. :)

I hereby introduce you to the NEW Good Life Blog!

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We’re a community of bloggers that came together through a shared passion for DIY projects, Décor, Fashion, Sustainability, and (of course) Goodwill. This is a collaborative blog, a space for some of the most knowledgeable thrifting and DIY experts to showcase their projects, techniques, tricks, tips, and personal styles.

Be sure to check out my latest post, Everything You Wanted to Know About Dyeing, but Were Afraid to Ask!

I decided to celebrate the launch of this awesome new blog with a fun frock!

Lady in reeeeeed (houscoat)!

Lady in reeeeeed (houscoat)!

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Your Move (Anthropologie) Maxi

Hey all!  It’s me again!  I hope you’re all having fabulous summers and that you all have a friend with a pool. ;)  Yep…I’ve been woefully absent again, but there are a few fun things on the way, friends!

First off, stay tuned for a SUPER AWESOME promotion I’m about to unfurl upon the refashionsphere next month.

Secondly, I’ve been working like crazy at my day job to get an amazing project off the ground that I don’t doubt you guys are going to LOVE (maybe more than this blog).  Hint: It have everything to do with Thrift Culture and it’s coming in August.  ;)

Thirdly, There’s a redesign in the works for this lil blog, so if things start looking weird, don’t freak out!  :)

Okay…back to the refashioning!

I was suuuuuper excited to discover this polyester dress with an amazing floral print in a recent thrifting venture!

Ooooooh!

Ooooooh!

 

Can we all let out a collective “Yikes!” for that ruffly collar? With such a busy print, it doesn’t quite fit, does it?  And those ruffle-bottomed sleeves weren’t going to cut it in 100 degree SC weather. It’s also waaay too long for my short lil self.

Let the removal of extremities begin!  First, I picked off the sleeves with my seam ripper.

 

Pick. Pick. Pick.

Pick. Pick. Pick.

 

Then, I cut off the ruffly collar, leaving about 1/2 an inch or so behind.

 

Snnnnnip!

Snnnnnip!

 

This left me with these guys:

 

Okay. This pattern combination is hurting my eyes.

Okay. This pattern combination is hurting my eyes.

 

I got to work pinning those raw edges under/stitching them down.  First, the arm holes…

 

Whirrrrrr!

Whirrrrrr!

 

Then, the neck hole!

 

Pin...

Pin…

 

...then stitch!

…then stitch!

 

Do you see why I didn’t use my seam ripper to remove the ruffly bit now? By leaving enough left over to fold down on the inside, my neckline would look just fine.  Since the fabric of this dress is of the non-fraying variety, this trick works. Of  course the inside isn’t as pretty as it could be, but nobody gots to know that, amirite?  ;)

I wasn’t happy with how the top of my new dress fit me, so I took it in just a smidge.

 

...just a lil bit!

…just a lil bit!

 

I cut off that extra material from the sides, then trimmed a bit off the bottom.

 

Chop!

Chop!

 

Once again, this fabric won’t fray, so I didn’t mess with hemming the bottom.

For my final trick, I grabbed those sleeves and cut off the rounded shoulder bits.

 

Can you guess where I'm going with this?

Can you guess where I’m going with this?

 

I stitched the sleeves together, and had an instant sash with nice ruffly details on the ends!  :)

I must admit, I’m pretty thrilled with this one, guys.

 

And it has POCKETS!!!

And it has POCKETS!!!

 

Seriously…I think this dress looks like it stepped out of an Anthropologie store, but instead of costing $100+, it was just $1!  :)

I wore my new frock to Trustus Theatre to review their new production of Dreamgirls!

Trustus’ Excecutive Director, Larry Hembree couldn’t resist a quick photo op!

 

One day he'll come out of his shell...;)

One day he’ll come out of his shell…;)

 

Erin and I had a great evening!

 

Happy Theatregoers!

Happy Theatregoers!

 

It can't be dreamy all the time, ladies.

It can’t be dreamy all the time, ladies.

 

Cheers!

 

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Fashion History: Slaxtastic Edition

Sometimes I find AMAZING things in my thrifting adventures that require no refashioning, but I still want to brag about them.  :)

Take this sweet mini-haul I procured for $3:

Seriously.  $3.

Seriously. $3.

 

Those copper mugs will be housing moscow mules (my favorite cocktail of the moment) oh so very soon.

But..those pants!!!!

Not bad for $1, eh?

Not bad for $1, eh?

 

No alterations required!  I paired them with a black shell I’ve had for over a decade and my sweet leopard-print booties.

When I looked at the label of my new trousers, I was intrigued.

USA!  USA!  USA!

USA! USA! USA!

 

I found this website that told me a great story about Stephanie and Joe Koret, the Trikskirt, and Slim Hip Slax (are these yellow pants those very slacks…er…slax?).  Stephanie designed Koret’s clothing and within two years, they made 2 MILLION dollars.

Pretty impressive for the 1930’s.

While Joe and Stephanie have since passed away, the Koret brand is still around, known today as Jax under the Kellwood Corporation.

I wore my new slacks…er…slax to lunch, where the waitress high-fived me when she found out I bought them for one lil dollar.  :)

Cheers!

 

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